Kia EV9 concept was first showcased at the 2021 Automobility Los Angeles Show and it will spawn a three-row flagship electric SUV globally
At the 2021 Automobility Los Angeles Show, Kia debuted the Concept EV9 and it will be unveiled at the 2023 Auto Expo next month, scheduled between January 13 and 18, in Greater Noida. The conceptual version will spawn a three-row premium electric SUV based on the E-GMP platform mostly next year in the international markets.
The teaser video released by Kia Motor India shows the futuristic front fascia while the shadowed side profile shows the vertically-positioned LED tail lamps, part of the illuminated front grille section and the flowing LED lighting system. The Kia EV9 is said to have a range of up to 482 km and is equipped with next-gen Ultra-fast charging tech according to the brand.
The electric SUV concept has a length of 4,930 mm, a width of 2,055 mm and a height of 1,790 mm with a wheelbase length of 3,100 mm. It is shorter than Telluride and slightly wider with a longer wheelbase compared to the flagship IC-engined SUV. The exterior is based on Kia’s Opposites United styling language with plenty of cuts and creases.
Some of the visual highlights are muscular front and rear wheel arches, digital Tiger Face front end with LED lights hidden behind it, welcome patterns with the front lighting system, bonnet vent used as a solar panel to provide an alternative source of energy when not near a charging outlet, retractable roof rails and a camera monitoring system in place of traditional mirrors.
The aggressive-looking exterior exudes adventure and masculinity with a futuristic appeal while the interior of the Kia EV9 concept gives a lounge-like feel. It comes with a 27-inch wide screen layout, a unique steering wheel, and ‘Pause Mode’ allowing the first and third rows to face each other with the middle row enabling a table arrangement.
Taking advantage of the flat floor and a spacious cabin, the Enjoy Mode makes all three rows swivel towards the rear and the bootlid opens to give an amphitheatre-like mood. Just like the Kia EV6, recycled materials are used and vegan leather can be seen across the cabin.